Country music singer
Carson Robison (1890-1957) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although his impact is generally forgotten today, he played a major role in promoting country music in its early years through numerous recordings and radio appearances. In 1924 he accompanied Vernon Dalhart on the landmark recording of "Wreck Of The Old 97" b/w "The Prisoner's Song", widely regarded as country music's first million-seller. He recorded with Vernon Dalhart from 1924 through 1928 and with Frank Luther from 1928 through 1931.
Robison was a multi-talented instrumentalist, who not only played guitar, piano and harmonica but was a virtuoso whistler. During the 1920s he was a session musician at Victor Records, where he made six recordings of Scandinavian-American dance music with the Hjalmar Peterson Orchestra.
A number of Robison’s songs were in the repertoire of Ernest and Clarence Iverson, who were better known as Slim Jim and the Vagabond Kid. Ernest Iverson's 1931 songbook included "After The Ball", "Barnacle Bill", "Birmingham Jail", "Floyd Collins", "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane", "The Prisoner's Song", "They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree", "The Utah Trail" and "Wreck Of The Old 97". Although primarily country western singers, the Iverson Brothers also performed songs reflecting their Norwegian heritage.
Robison whistles on "Från Frisco Till Cap", "After The Ball" and several other tracks. Gustav Fonandern recorded "Fångens Sång" (The Prisoner's Song) for Columbia Records in 1926. Fred Carlsten recorded "Halleluja, Ja' Ä' Koling" (Hallelujah! I'm A Bum) and "Kolingens Visa" (The Bum Song) for Columbia Records in 1928.
Tracks 01-55: various artists
Tracks 01-06: Carson Robison as a session musician
Tracks 01-05: Hjalmar Peterson Orchestra
Tracks 06-06: International Novelty Orchestra
Tracks 07-20: Vernon Dalhart and Carson Robison
Tracks 21-21: Vernon Dalhart, Carson Robison and Adelyne Hood
Tracks 22-31: Frank Luther and Carson Robison
Tracks 32-49: Carson Robison
Tracks 50-52: Songs written by Carson Robison
Tracks 50-50: Slim Jim
Tracks 51-52: The Vagabond Kid
Tracks 53-53: Gustav Fonandern
Tracks 54-55: Fred Carlsten